Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar has announced its goal to produce the first truly climate-neutral car by 2030.
As part of its Polestar 0 project, the EV producer vowed to eliminate all emissions throughout the supply chain and production of the car, rather than offset the carbon by planting trees.
“Offsetting is a cop-out,”said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “By pushing ourselves to create a completely climate-neutral car, we are forced to reach beyond what is possible today. We will have to question everything, innovate and look to exponential technologies as we design towards zero.”
According to Polestar, until there are offsetting solutions with proven results, it will focus on reducing the emissions that can be mitigated, either directly or indirectly.
This means that all parts of Polestar’s supply chain will require a zero-carbon footprint, without resorting to offsetting by tree planting or other schemes relying on the CO2 intake of crops.
Thus, a product sustainability declaration will be published for all Polestar models, starting with disclosing the carbon footprint and traced materials on the company website and in Polestar spaces.
Furthermore, parameters such as recycled and renewable materials will be incorporated into Polestar’s product labelling over time, while other measures include running environmentally responsible factories in China powered by totally renewable energy.